Junior Data Scientist

The Achievement Network - Los Angeles, California - Full time

Junior Data Scientist

Location: Flexible (Boston or Los Angeles preferred)

Position available: Immediately


Achievement Network (ANet) is a nonprofit dedicated to educational equity. We help schools boost student learning with great teaching that's grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

Founded in 2005, ANet now serves over 700 schools educating over 230,000 students in California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Our support has consistently helped our partner schools—both district and charter—achieve breakthrough results for their students. ANet has received multiple awards and recognitions, including a prestigious Investing In Innovation (i3) grant from the federal government in 2010, New Schools Venture Fund's “Organization of the Year” in 2011, and The NonProfit Time's “Best Nonprofits to Work For” in 2015 and 2016.

ANet is a dynamic, values driven, team-oriented organization that is committed to the growth and development of all staff members. Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to join an exceptional team of colleagues committed to helping schools drive excellent teaching and learning by investing in each other and learning together.


We are seeking a Junior Data Scientist to join the Data Science & Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team. The OE team ensures that ANet has the right goals that motivate and drive us to achieve our organization's mission, spearheads our shared organizational focus on improving our service model, and builds a research mindset and capability across ANet internal teams. The Junior Data Scientist will build advanced analytic models that help us understand how to best support schools so that they can achieve the greatest outcomes for their students. This is an exciting opportunity to apply innovative data analytics for large-scale social impact.


  • Build and refine predictive models to help ANet understand what factors most drive instructional change, student performance, and school partner satisfaction (40%)
    • Extract, clean and analyze large volumes ofassessment, product usage, and other data to glean insights on how ANet can better support schools and improve student learning outcomes
    • Analyzethe impact of specific product / service offerings on school and student outcomes
    • Apply machine learning and statistical modeling techniques
    • Lead data characterization and mining of newer ANet data sources, including: establishing analytic rules, defining reporting requirements, and providing technical advisement on how to improve data validity
    • Identify new data sources that could strengthen insights into student and educator learning, including scraping publicly available data that might be relevant
    • Work with Engineering team to advise on long-term storage, analytic and cloud solutions
    • Support the Office of the CEO in quarterly top-line goal reporting, conducting follow-up analyses as needed
  • Lead analytics of user feedback and usage data to help ANet increase school partnership strength and growth (30%)
    • Partner with business leads to formulate and scope key businessquestions
    • Work with business leads to design user feedback strategy that achieves the right balance of real-time feedback and periodic deeper reflections
    • Build analytic models that ingest multiple sources of feedback data to output holistic insights
    • Partner with data dashboard team to build intuitive, action-oriented, and holistic dashboards that enable internal stakeholders to understand their partners' experiences and connect it to other data points
    • Project manage feedback collection strategy (likely a mix of surveys, online polling and usage analytics). Work across a range of internal partners to ensure timely survey build, administration, outreach, and response rate monitoring.
    • Boost end user (primarily team managers across Network, National & Program teams) internalization of user feedback results for action and decision-making
  • Develop tools, code and systematic approaches to automate modeling, data joining, and ongoing model improvement (20%)
  • Coach other analysts on use of statistical and machine learning packages and tools, to grow ANet's analytic talent bench (10%)


In order to be successful in this role, candidatesmustdemonstrate the following:

  • Data analysis skills and experience:You bring 2-3 years direct experience building and deploying predictive models using Python or R, statistical hypothesis testing, common machine learning and statistical packages (scikit-learn, etc), and hyperparameter tuning.
    • You have experience extracting, cleaning and analyzing data sets with multiple millions of rows (preferably 10+ million) and have basic to intermediate experience in SQL.
    • You have demonstrated the ability to create intuitive visualizations and dashboards that drive action
    • You have experience researching and resolving data and analytic issues with a systematic, intuitive and problem-solving mentality while working with large, complex and incomplete sources
  • Service-orientated:You know that we are most effective when we work together and that we realize our impact through listening to and responding to the unique needs of others on ANet internal teams, always in service of our school communities.
  • Strong organization skills:You are confident owning projects independently because of your careful planning, time management, detail orientation, and prioritization skills.
  • Highly flexible:You know that schools and our Network teams are dynamic communities and a “one size fits all” approach won't get us the results we want.
  • Proactive and motivated:You are willing to take initiative, ask for feedback, and consistently reflect on ways to improve.You are eager to grow professionally and acquire new statistical and technical skills. You are passionate about continuously learning about the latest data science tools and how they can be applied to advance student learning and outcomes.
  • Belief in Achievement Network's mission:You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
  • Belief in ANet's Core Values:You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily and are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the followingpreferredqualifications:

  • You bring prior experience working within or on behalf of schools and/or education nonprofits


ANet is a dynamic, values driven, team-oriented organization that is committed to the growth and development of all staff members. Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to join an exceptional team of colleagues committed to helping schools drive excellent teaching and learning by investing in each other and learning together. Salary for this position is highly competitive and is based on prior experience and qualifications.

ANet offers comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.


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